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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 16, 2003
All animals except man know the ultimate point of life is to enjoy it. - Samuel Butler
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://www.kalama.com/~carola/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Thanks for the Memories
By James Gilley
When I drove to the office that morning I heard the news that Bob Hope had died at the age of 100. Whatever health reform he practiced, it certainly worked for him! One thing I know: he had a healthy positive attitude.
I met Hope once, in the seventies at a golf tournament in Dallas, Texas. His partner that day was evangelist Billy Graham. Hope was a work to behold. He was friendly to everyone; open and outgoing, he treated everyone as if they were his new best friend. We talked as we walked from hole to hole, and I was amazed at this man.
Hope made a fan out of me that day - not because of his comedy, which frankly I could take or leave, but because Bob Hope the human being treated others as human beings. The celebrity who didn't have to act as though he was important. Hope gave up nearly all of his Christmas holidays with family to work with U.S. military personnel. (I had to give up one so I could preach the gospel in Odessa, Ukraine, and felt I had made a great sacrifice.) He gladly gave them all up to bring encouragement and a bit of home to lonely young men and women in war zones around the world.
Bob Hope was a family man with four adopted children. There was never a single scandal about his life. No tabloid stories about drug or alcohol problems. No multiple wives; he had only one, his wife, Dolores. No rumors of infidelity.
I left the golf course that day thinking, Lord, why didn't you call Bob Hope to be a preacher? Then I thought, Perhaps he is preaching! He did to me that day.
As the poet Edgar A. Guest said, "I'd rather see a sermon than to hear one any day." So, in the words of Bob Hope's famous theme song, "Thanks for the memories." They truly are good ones!
Source: Adventist Review, ISSN 0161-1119, (c) August, 2003, http://www.adventistreview.org/
Submitted by Mary Thayne
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
REDMOND, Ore. (AP) November 12, 2003
Back in 1935, Roy Domigan gave his 16-year-old girlfriend Louise Fowler a gold and diamond engagement ring.
Their romance began as neighbors in the town of Temperance, Mich. Fowler used to climb on the back of Domigan's Harley Davidson and together they would race down the highway.
Then one day, Fowler's family shipped her off to California to keep her from marrying Domigan, who was 23 at the time.
''He didn't know anything about it until I was gone,'' she said. ''He could never find me. My family didn't tell him where I was.''
Last weekend, Fowler, now 83, rekindled the friendship when Domigan, 90, flew out from Michigan for a two-week visit.
''It's amazing to think after 68 years, he would want to get in touch with me,'' Fowler said.
When Domigan walked through the airport door, he got a big hug, a kiss and a rose boutonniere from Fowler.
The reunion was made possible by Domigan's chance encounter with Fowler's nephew, who provided her address and telephone number. He called her this past May.
''You could have knocked me over with a feather,'' she said. ''I never did forget him. I always wondered about him.''
Source: Peninsula Daily News, November 12, 2003, http://peninsuladailynews.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
After eight days of backpacking with my wife Linda, we were looking pretty scruffy. One morning she came to breakfast in a baseball cap, her shoulder length hair sticking out at odd angles.
"Terry," she said, "does my hair make me look like a water buffalo?"
I thought for a moment, then said, "If I tell you the truth, do you promise not to charge?"
Source: Clean Laffs, http://www.shagmail.com/sub/sub-jokes.html
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